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[kaw-zuh l] /ˈkɔ zəl/
of, constituting, or implying a cause.
Grammar. expressing a cause, as the conjunctions because and since.
1520-30; < Latin causālis, equivalent to caus(a) cause + -ālis -al1
Related forms
causally, adverb
noncausal, adjective
noncausally, adverb
supercausal, adjective
uncausal, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for causal
  • Photography, because of its causal relationship to the world, seems to give us the truth or something close to the truth.
  • The fourth barrier comes without precise causal attribution.
  • Instrumental variables help to isolate causal relationships.
  • And the authors were careful to avoid claims about a causal relation between the rising temperatures and the extinctions.
  • causal affects cannot be directly inferred from statistical correlations.
  • But his own witness testified there was no scientifically established causal link between file-sharing and diminishing revenues.
  • Let's let science do its work and create real causal chains and then talk.
  • The causal relationship between vicious talk and violent action is far less certain.
  • Fold-down straps and top morph this comfortable dress into a causal skirt ideal for travel.
  • causal inference in folk science is equally untrustworthy.
British Dictionary definitions for causal


acting as or being a cause
stating, involving, or implying a cause: the causal part of the argument
(philosophy) (of a theory) explaining a phenomenon or analysing a concept in terms of some causal relation
Derived Forms
causally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for causal

1530s, from Latin causalis "relating to a cause," from causa (see cause (n.)).

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